About this Issue
The proliferation of data collection has encouraged innovative uses of data in all corners of society. The analysis of individuals’ personal data once done by researchers in academic institutions has been embraced by a rapidly growing number of companies and not-for-profit organizations. High-profile cases of experimentation and manipulation of user data, as in the case of Facebook and OkCupid, threaten to lead organizations to keep research results confidential to avoid public scrutiny or potential legal liability. FPF calls for new regulatory frameworks and standards to protect the valuable research these organizations produce and to ensure the ethical collection and use of data for research purposes.